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History Of The Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche was originally the Quebec Nordiques which was founded in 1972 as part of the World Hockey Association. The team joined the NHL as part of the 1979 league merger where they continued to play in Quebec City until the team was sold in 1995. The new owners, COMSAT Entertainment Group of Denver, moved the team to Colorado and renamed it the Avalanche.
In their first season in their new American home, the Avalanche went on to set an unusual record. Following a Division Championship which led to the Stanley Cup Finals, the team beat the Florida Panthers and became the first ever NHL team to win a Stanley Cup in their first season after a move to a new location. It was also the first ever major championship won for any team based in Denver. The second Stanley Cup win for the Avalanche was in 2001 against the New Jersey Devils. The Devils, oddly enough, began their life in the NHL as the Colorado Rockies and eventually moved to New Jersey.
The Avalanche also holds another NHL record. The team won their first eight Division Championships in a row which is the longest such streak in league history. They also made it to the playoffs in each of their first ten seasons in Colorado.
The team colors are burgundy, steel blue, black, silver and white and they are part of the Central Division in the Western Conference.
Some of the top players to skate for the team include Patrick Roy (1995-2003), Joe Sakic (1995-2009), Peter Forsberg (1996-2004, 2007-2008), Adam Foote (1996-2004, 2007-present), Milan Hejduk (1998-present), Rob Blake (2001-2006) and Chris Drury (1998-2002).
When the team was still in Quebec it won one Avco World Trophy (1976-1977), and 4 Division Championships. After the move to Colorado the team collected two Stanley Cups (1995-1996, 2001-2002), 2 Conference Championships, 2 Presidents’ Trophies (1996-1997, 2001-2002) and 9 Division Championships.